Intro

The Nikon Z 28mm f2.Eight is a gentle wide-angle prime lens for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras of DX or FX format. On a full format physique the lens covers an angle-of-view of 75 levels, whereas on a cropped physique just like the Z fc or Z50 the lens is equal to a so-called “regular” lens with 42mm focal size. In Nikon’s lens line-up for his or her Z cameras the Z 28mm f2.Eight is slotted between their Z 24mm f1.Eight S and Z 35mm f1.Eight S. The brand new lens is probably the most compact and lightest lens in Nikon’s Z-mount line-up overlaying full-frame sensors to date – however nonetheless not precisely a “pancake” lens. There are two variations: The Z 28mm f2.Eight SE being a particular version which is offered in a bundle with the Nikon Z fc digital camera and is styled just like the outdated Nikon Ai lenses to match the retro design of the Nikon Z fc. The “regular” model of the lens is designed like all Z-Nikkors to date with out the silver ring within the center however sports activities the identical optics. For this overview I examined the SE model as the conventional model will not be but obtainable.

The Z 28mm f2.Eight SE was introduced in June 2021 and is at present not offered individually in Europe. In a bundle with the Z fc digital camera it prices 1149 EUR / 1197 USD / 1129 GBP. Because the Z fc digital camera is offered individually for 889 EUR / 957 USD / 899 GBP the distinction for the lens is 260 EUR / 240 USD / 230 GBP. Remember although that the lens in all probability is offered at a better value as soon as it turns into obtainable individually as a value of 297 USD at a US retailer signifies.

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Information and options

Let’s examine the Nikon Z 28mm f2.Eight to the Nikon Z 24mm f1.Eight S and Nikon Z 35mm f1.Eight S. As common I’ve rated the options with a [+] (or [++]), when it’s higher than common and even cutting-edge, a [0] if it’s customary or simply common, and [-] if there’s a drawback.

Dimension (diameter x size): 71 x 44mm (2.Eight x 1.7in.) with no lens hood to connect. The Z 24mm f1.Eight S is 78 x 97mm + 34 mm lens hood, the Z 35mm f1.Eight S is 73 x 86mm + 48mm lens hood. So the brand new 28mm Z-Nikkor is certainly probably the most compact wide-angle full-frame lens with autofocus to make use of on a Nikon Z digital camera thus far. [++]

Weight: 157g (5.5 oz.). The Z 24mm f1.Eight S is far heavier at 447g + 23g lens hood, the Z 35mm f1.Eight S is 364g + 30g lens hood. This makes the Z 28mm f2.Eight additionally the lightest lens on this comparability by far actually helped by its 1.three stops slower focal ratio of f2.Eight and using a plastic lens mount. [++]

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Optics: 9 components in Eight teams together with two aspherical component. The Z 24mm f1.Eight S has 12 components in 10 teams with one particular dispersion and 4 aspherical components, the Z 35mm f1.Eight S has 11 components in 9 teams with two particular dispersion and three aspherical components. Each S lenses have Nikon’s Nano-Coating to scale back flare, glare and ghosting. [+]

Minimal object distance / most magnification: At 0.18m (0.6ft.) distance the Z 28mm f2.Eight achieves a most magnification of 1:4.7 – which isn’t a lot and leads to a working distance of 0.12m. However the different two Z-Nikkors will not be higher at 1:5.7 and 1:4.Eight for the Z 24mm f1.Eight S and Z 35mm f1.Eight S respectively. The Z 28mm f2.Eight achieves a magnification of 1:10 at a distance of 0.33m (1.1ft.). [+]

Picture stabilization: Not one of the three lenses on this comparability affords optical stabilization. However Nikon’s full-format Z our bodies present built-in sensor-shift stabilization over 5 axis for any Z-Nikkor – plus an optionally available digital stabilization in video mode. Simply bear in mind that neither Nikon’s Z fc nor Z 50 cameras have picture stabilization. [0]

Filter-thread: 52mm. The Z 24mm f1.Eight S wants 72mm filters, the Z 35mm f1.Eight S 62mm filters. [+]

Autofocus: All three lenses on this comparability provide autofocus. Guide-focus override is by merely turning the main focus ring – if you happen to didn’t assign one other operation to the multi-function ring of the Z-Nikkors. The main focus ring has the same old variable gearing to help in exact handbook focusing however can’t be switched to linear response for easy focus pulling in movies. [+]

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Aperture: The multi-function management ring of the Z-Nikkors will be assigned to function the aperture, publicity compensation, ISO (not on the Z fc), or focus (which is the default setting). It robotically falls again to its customary focus management when the digital camera is switched to handbook focus. Though the lens management ring has not the identical profit as having a spotlight ring plus a devoted aperture ring on the lens it offers you extra flexibility to manage one of many extra necessary taking pictures parameters immediately from a pleasant ring on the lens. [+]

Lens profile: All Z-Nikkors include a lens profile which will be managed from the digital camera. Vignette management affords the same old choices of Excessive, Regular, Low and Off. Diffraction compensation will be activated or deactivated however Auto distortion management for the Z 28mm f2.Eight is all the time On (each on a Z fc or Z7 digital camera). [+]

All three lenses on this comparability cowl full body/FX or smaller sensors. [+]

Worth: The extra value for the Z 28mm f2.Eight SE offered in a bundle along with the Z fc digital camera is 260 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) / 240 USD / 230 GBP. Within the US the lens can also be offered separatly for 297 USD. The Z 24mm f1.Eight S is 950 EUR / 1000 USD / 850 GBP, the Z 35mm f1.Eight S prices 780 EUR / 850 USD / 800 GBP. [+]

The lens comes with out pouch or lens hood. The Z 24mm f1.Eight S and Z 35mm f1.Eight S each include a mushy pouch and reversible lens hood. [-]

Sealing: Sure, the main focus ring and the entrance is sealed towards the weather however there isn’t a rubber grommet on the lens-mount. [0]

With a rating of 1[-]/2[0]/12[+] the Nikon Z 28mm f2.Eight is by far the smallest, lightest, and least expensive solution to put a gentle wide-angle full-frame autofocus prime lens in your Nikon Z digital camera with out utilizing a mount adapter. To realize this Nikon ignored the lens hood and pouch and made the compromise of a gradual f2.Eight focal ratio and an inexpensive plastic lens mount with out climate sealing – though the remainder of the lens is sealed.

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Above: Nikon Z 28mm f2.Eight SE (left), Nikon Z 50mm f1.Eight S (proper),

Options

In the event you’re on the lookout for wide-angle lenses with autofocus and Z mount there are few different options along with the above talked about Nikon Z 24mm f1.Eight S and Z 35mm f1.Eight S:

  • Viltrox has introduced the AF 24mm f1.Eight Z. Its measurement is 70 x 87mm at a weight of 370g. Closest focus distance is 0.3m with a most magnification of 1:10. The lens comes with a pouch and reversible lens hood. With its shorter 24mm focal size it has 14% much less attain and covers a 9 levels wider angle-of-view than the Nikon Z 28mm f2.8. The Viltrox affords a 1.three stops brighter focal ratio and has a “USB improve port” on the lens mount to replace the firmware. The latter is a reminder that Nikon has patents on the digital camera/lens interface which could make it onerous for Viltrox to work round for optimum autofocus efficiency. The lens is priced at 459 EUR / 429 USD / 397 GBP.

However you’ll be able to in fact use a plethora of F-mount lenses through Nikon’s FTZ mount adapter – including one other 31mm in size and 133g in weight.

Focus

Focus accuracy and repeatability is crucial to persistently produce sharp pictures. Repeatability (the accuracy of give attention to the identical topic after repeated focus-acquisition) of the Nikon Z 28mm f2.Eight is sweet (measured 97% in Reikan FoCal) with no outliers over a collection of 40 pictures. There’s nearly no focus variation whether or not the lens focuses from a better distance or from infinity however I had some circumstances the place the lens refused to focus correctly on a barely misfocused goal. The lens focuses in round 0.three sec on a Nikon Z7 from infinity to 0.18m (1:10 magnification), which may be very quick.

The main focus ring is 11mm large on the SE model of the lens. Its rubber floor is structured like on the older F-mount lenses and might simply be operated with one finger. AF-operation of the lens in photo-mode will be heard as a low buzz from the surface and if you happen to document video with the built-in microphone there may be some faint noise.

As you pull focus, you’ll discover some focus respiratory: the picture turned 2% much less magnified once I adjusted focus from infinity to 0.18m. That is hardly seen and shouldn’t be distracting when taking pictures movies.

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